One of the longest standing traditions in sociology, interactionism is concerned with studying human interaction and showing how society to a large part is constituted by patterns of interaction. In spite of the work of figures such as Robert E. Park, Everett C. Hughes, Erving Goffman, Herbert Blumer, Norman K. Denzin and Gary Alan Fine, interactionism – perhaps owing to its association with the perspective of symbolic interactionism – remains something of an odd man out in mainstream sociology. This book seeks to rectify this apparent neglect by bringing together critical social theories and microsociological approaches to research, thus revealing the critical and cultural potentials in interactionism – the chapters arguing that far from being oriented towards the status quo, interactionism in fact contains a critical and cultural edge. Presenting the latest work from some of the leading figures in interactionist thought to show recent developments in the field and offer an overview of some of the most potent and prominent ideas within critical and cultural criminology, Critical and Cultural Interactionism will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in interactionism, social theory research methods and criminology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Coming of Critical and Cultural Interactionisms 1. Misgivings About Goffman: Social Structure, Power and Politics in the Work of Erving Goffman 2. Upscaling Goffman: Four Principles of Neostructural Interactionism 3. A Call to a Critical Interpretive Interactionism 4. Dramaturgical Interactionism: Ideas of Self-Presentation, Impression Management and the Staging of Social Life as a Catapult For Critique 5. Critical Interactionism: A Theoretical Bridge for Understanding Complex Human Conditions 6. Pacifism, Gender and Symbolic Interactionism 7. Towards a Feminist Symbolic Interactionism 8. An Invitation to ‘Radical Interactionism’: Towards a Reorientation of Interactionist Sociology? 9. Symbolic Interactionism and The Frankfurt School: A Critical Appraisal 10. Situational Analysis as a Critical Interactionist Method 11. Cultural Criminology and its Incitement for Symbolic Interactionism: Transgression, Marginalisation, Resistance and Media in the Wider Context of Power and Culture of Late Modernity
Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the co-author of The Social Thought of Erving Goffman, the editor of Postmortal Society; Deconstructing Death; The Poetics of Crime; and Beyond Bauman: Creative Excursions and Critical Engagements, and the co-editor of The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman; Encountering the Everyday; The Transformation of Modernity; Utopia: Social Theory and the Future; Imaginative Methodologies: The Poetic Imagination in the Social Sciences; and Liquid Criminology.